Managing Mummy Berry Disease in Blueberries Farm Tour
Jun 05, 2014
from 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm
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Please join the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) to learn about managing for mummy berry disease from certified organic blueberry farmer Ken Berg, Oregon State University researcher Jay Pscheidt and OSU graduate student Jade Florence. Jay Pscheidt and Jade Florence are currently working with NCAP and collaborating growers on a project to improve mulching practices for managing mummy berry.
Berg's Certified Organic Blueberries is primarily a u-pick operation, producing blueberries on one acre. Ken Berg has been selling organic blueberries since 1991. After major losses occurred in 2010, mummy berry drives many of the management practices on the farm. Ken instituted intensive mulching, involving laying down visqueen and covering with sawdust mulch, as well as other methods to significantly reduce the loss from mummy berry.
The tour will also include information on conservation funding for pest management through NRCS, as well as a new microloan program through USDA Farm Service Agency.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
2 - 4:30 pm
RSVP required by Tuesday, June 3 with Jen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-850-6504